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I'm sure you've got things to speculate regarding what kind of answer Drew is looking for and what Gavin might say, but if I may take a moment to talk about something somewhat related.

Some of you may remember that sometime last year, I asked for readers to submit votes for prom king and queen in Rain via Survey Monkey.  The idea being that with all the prom talk in the story, there would need to be a prom king and queen when that night finally arrives. In real life, they'd typically be voted in by their fellow classmates. In the Rainverse, they'd be voted in by YOU. And whoever gets the most votes, I'd make happen in canon.

The polling was only meant to go until sometime in the Summer, but it ended right around the time I took my lengthy hiatus for depression, so I basically forgot about it.  Until recently, when I finally remembered to check the votes, only to find a steep paywall blocking the results, due to fine print I didn't notice (probably my own fault).  I wouldn't inherently be against the idea of paying a little bit if I'd known up front, but I didn't know and it wasn't asking for a little bit.  The whole thing felt a little sneaky to me.  And if I were to drop all that money to just hear the more obvious front runners, I was gonna be annoyed.  Rather than risk frustration, I decided to just try something else.

So yesterday, I finally got around to setting up a Google Forms poll to try this again.  I figure I've still got time until I need the results, and asking people to answer two simple questions again shouldn't really be that big a deal.  If you don't feel like doing it again, I understand.  But as is, if you don't mind voting again (or a first time, if you're a newer reader), you can submit your votes here!

And don't worry!  I'm not asking for emails or personal information; it's just two little questions with no wrong answers.  I don't care if you vote differently than last time (not that I'd know anyway), and I don't care if you cast weird or unlikely votes (in fact, I'd encourage more unusual choices).  Don't worry if it seems impossible; I like the challenge and I'll make it work. And while you're allowed to shout out who you voted for in the comments, ONLY votes cast through the poll will be counted.  And when prom king and queen are voted for in the story, I'll reveal the results to you.  ^_^


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:iconmusicallover1234:
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Student Writer
Gavin is pretty good at understanding all of these stuff considering everything he has gone though that's amazing.
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OjouTsuki Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
Gavin: "Well you see Drew, every morning, I walk up to Ky and say "Welcome to the world of Pokemon! Are you a boy or a girl?""
Drew: "Wait, really?!"
Gavin: "No, I've never even heard of Pokemon."
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bgb16999 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
Well duh, because they're called Minimon in this world.
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:iconojoutsuki:
OjouTsuki Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
That was the joke, I just didn’t know what it was called in this world.
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AmberRadiance Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
Pretty sure Gavin's decency with his LGBT friends began with his dad; it was really lovely to see Gavin very chill with his Dad and his dad's boyfriend. I think by this point, Gavin has sort of seen it all since he's been through other things.

Question though, how many people actually know about Gavin's father being gay? I hope we see him again soon, with Rain in tow.
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OjouTsuki Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
While that would factor into his tolerance of LGBT, I don't think that would help with getting trans people's pronouns right. If anyone, I would credit Rain for that, since she was Gavin's first experience with someone who's transgender, and he ended up having to learn quite a bit about respecting her identity the hard way. Ky may have also contributed, since they're the only one in the group who actively switches gender identities on a regular basis.
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Neshi-Farfarer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Minor objection, ma'am. Tolerance? Doesn't he go beyond that, and on into true acceptance?

Agreed with all the rest of your points.
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OjouTsuki Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
Yeah, tolerance was probably a major understatement
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AmberRadiance Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
Honestly the only thing was Rain wasn't honest with Gavin and didn't even give him a chance at first. Hell it seems like she almost forgot him, so I don't blame him for being upset. Plus he wasn't like Rain's siblings (cause he didn't misgender her or call her Ryan again). But he could have managed things better, no lie. Ky and Gavin was interesting though to say the least. 

But Gavin 'tolerating' LGBT was an understatement 
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Pastafarian-Pirate Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
gavin is a god
thats how
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Drew has been someone I've been watching for a long time grow as a character. His journey is one that I think many people like myself might have had if they grew up in a family that wasn't really connected with LGBT people. My family has never been anti-LGBT or anything like that. Until I was older I didn't actually know anyone who was gay or bisexual or transgendered or gender fluid or anything other than cis gendered. My parents have by and large been friends with other male-female married couples or cis gendered single people. No one in our extended family was anything other than cis gendered either.  I think many of Drew's struggles come from lack of experience rather than being an idiot. Gavin on the other hand has a lot of experience since his father is a gay man.

I'm personally glad to see a character like Drew who might make a lot of mistakes, but keeps trying to improve and learning from those mistakes.
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Lebos-collection Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
I am totally in favour of people living their own lives however they please. The way you identify is no one else's business.

Having said that, 'they' and 'them' pronouns for an individual do get in the way of comprehensible language.
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Synergiance Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I had to choose randy, we have seen none of him, and the pairing is a secret, haha
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FlutterRain Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gavin school time! time to learn stuff! :D
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:iconladyoftheroundtable:
Ladyoftheroundtable Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rudy is just too young right?
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SailorDolly Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
Yeah, only Seniors are eligible for King/Queen.
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MacabreDerek Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
I had to go with Drew and Debbie, because I think the story and conflict between the two and their opposed perspectives and situations make it a chance to show some their situations better and they can play off each other very well in that same awkward situation of being the unlikely duo.  Also gotta give Drew a chance to make it up to Ky in some way, and I have this strange feeling that Debbie can be a catalyst for that kind of arc.

#RootingForDrew 
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beez1717 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So what if Rain ends up being the Prom King due to her being AMAB and Emily ends up being the Queen? Now that would be.... Interesting!
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DraygaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Pretty much impossible, since everyone knows her as Rain, and no one would even recognize the name Ryan (or have any reason to vote for that name)
Also, you generally have to be nominated as well (and theres no one that would nominate that name, other than possibly Debbie, and ^^^ still stands)

However (in the story) both Emily (who is popular) and Rain (who is sweet and forgiving) could theoretically be neck and neck for the Queen title, and a "tie" (with two Queens) could be an interesting situation...
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Ladyoftheroundtable Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would hurt Rain in a way that may not heal until some time after grasuation. 
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beez1717 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So true!!!
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atlantifique Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
uh oh.
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flex35 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Good last question Drew. That seems like a question he can get some good wisdom from. I can't wait to see what Gavin has to say (and also makes me want to go back and see how much trouble Gavin might have had, in the beginning).

I'm not sure what kind of answer Drew is looking for, but it does look like he is looking from some wisdom.
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Yin88 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I like the concept that this presents. I've seen all too often that "vile" nature in both LBGT and non LBGT communities.

But there literally are people who actively and unintentionally slip or say the wrong thing that they end up insulting or hurting someone without that desire to do so.

Civilized conversation and being polite and patient in your manner of spreading the knowledge and awareness goes the same distance as us being told that we matter and that we're just as important as anyone else.

There's nothing I love more than being accepted RIGHT from the start. But, giving someone a chance to come around and understand it is a close second.

After all, I just want to be me, and I want you to feel comfortable in being you. And I want US, to get a long and enjoy the life we have.
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animeviewer66 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
ok I know its not one of the options.... but I REALLY! want Ruby to be prom queen! ^^
I know it would make no sense for it to happen in that school, but it would just be so sweet and cute, not to mention the fact that Ruby/Rudy needs a win right now...
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DraygaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Not a senior, not possible... Maybe, if Ruby went to Ky's public school though...
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:iconthe-real-wolf-spider:
Ruby and Rudy for Prom King and Queen!
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:iconbeez1717:
beez1717 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that would make a very interesting story!
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Madness-Made-Fresh Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Because Gavin is a champ.
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DoctorKnightmare Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
There's an easily solution. You just need to listen. 

I think Drew genuinely wants to understand, but he's been raised in a very heteronormative, conventional environment. The real world is incredibly confusing for him. Not try to defend his actions, but they come from ignorance, not malice. There's a chance for him to improve though. 

Hell, just look where Gavin was early in the comic compared to now.
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RibbionxPrincess Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
it might be partly because his dad is a relationship with another man but I'm not going to say Gavin's dad is gay yet he might be bi he COULD have married Gavin's mom while staying in the closet or the relationship could have failed for other reasons I think we might get more info in the next few pages
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DraygaQueen Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Its been pretty well laid out that his is VERY gay though...
Also VERY LGBT aware and educated...
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
The answer to Drew's question is simple. Gavin just listens and calls them what they want to be called. Drew is just overthinking it, this is pretty simple when you boil it down
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DraygaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Gavin messed up a lot early on...
Having the group to discuss this with, helped a lot...

Drew needs to get included in on a few group talks!
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
That would definitely help. Experience is the best teacher
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LauraRola Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
And considering that Gavin is top class at overthinking things, the fact that he's not overthinking it now shows that Drew has hope to potentially stop overthinking it. X3
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Haha this is true. Just accept your friends for who they are and all is well
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paradoxicalWitchling Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Student Writer
When you've been raised to see sexuality and gender-dynamics as easy and simple....it can be hard for a well-meaning newcomer to this world to really grasp it. It's important we remember that sometimes.
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gungho1000 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Wow Gavin has come a long way hasn't he? =D
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Drew's asking for advice on using pronouns better! He's trying to improve! I haven't lost hope! #dryshipping4life 
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SonicANIMEfan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Id say "Getting on people's bad side" (for lack of a better name) would be a C rank personal skill for Drew... C rank because there are people here who rank higher...
I'd give him D rank luck cause he ain't got nothing on Lancer there 
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SierraRebecca Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
May or may not have voted for Rain to be prom queen, because what could be better than have a trans girl be the prom queen at a Catholic school?
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DraygaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Um, shipping Rob and Todd?
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beez1717 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG that's the reason I voted for her! I'm imagining a semi disaster where Rain ends up being prom king due to her being amab but Em ends up being prom queen so they end up together anyway! Now that would be both horrible and amazing at the same time...
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Synergiance Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awful!
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beez1717 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I know but I just couldn't not mention it for summer reason :o
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ShadowHinata Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
a satanist being Valedictorian
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SierraRebecca Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes please. XD
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